Tag Archives: Pop

#POP! An Exhibition of work by Brian Travers @ Havill & Travis Gallery, Harborne, 18th September – 31st October 2015

‘Splash, Splat, Zap n’Trickle’ On being invited to become an honorary trustee at The National Gallery a living British playwright predicated his acceptance with one proviso – that above the main entrance was emblazoned the legend, ‘You don’t have to like all of it!’ That sage wisdom and liberation of spirit will take you willing by the  hand […]

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Interview – Brian Travers

In August we previewed the latest in a line of excellent exhibitions at Havill and Travis in Harborne: #POP!; an exhibition of work by the artist and prolific songwriter, composer & lyricist Brian Travers – founder member, brass & string arranger and saxophonist with UB40. John Kennedy describes the opening and his interview with Brian: In […]

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Brian Travers #POP! Exhibition @ Havill & Travis, Harborne.

Following successful exhibitions by Midlands music luminaries Erica Nockalls and Jim Simpson, Harborne gallery Havill & Travis, present #POP!; an exhibition of work by the artist and prolific songwriter, composer & lyricist Brian Travers – founder member, brass & string arranger and saxophonist with UB40. #POP! celebrates the pop art culture of 1960’s NYC through to the 21st […]

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Justin Bieber + Carly Rae Jepsen + Cody Simpson @ NIA, Birmingham – Thursday 28th February 2013

Pink lighting and a pink mic stand to match, Carly Rae Jepsen, with true pop star prowess, worked the entire stage, singing several tracks from her album ‘Kiss’. Fun absent, Carly joined forces with fellow support act Cody Simpson to perform top five hit ‘Good Time’. Jepsen made it no secret that her aim on […]

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Album Review – Believe Acoustic by Justin Bieber

Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber is a megastar, it has to be said! With 15 million album sales behind him, 33 million followers on Twitter and Forbes’ third most powerful celebrity in the world he’s on the rise to stardom on a continual basis. The release of his third studio album Believe in 2012 cemented […]

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V Festival @ Weston Park Stafford – Sunday 23rd August 2009

Leaning on the barrier at the front row of a Mcfly concert is not somewhere I ever pictured I would be, but there I was and as the trio ventured out to the tones of YMCA it was clear that I was going to enjoy it. For me Mcfly epitomise everything great about festivals. They […]

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V Festival @ Weston Park Stafford – Saturday 22nd August 2009

For me festivals fit into a number of brackets. You’ve got the raucous end of the spectrum with T in the Park – full of inebriated Scots having a ball and puking everywhere, through to the mystical Glastonbury – Hippies, circus acts and all that jazz. Weston Park’s V, sits somewhere in the middle. If […]

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James Morrison + Vagabond + Karima Francis @ Birmingham Academy UK – 4th April 2009

The evenings proceedings kicked off with Karima Francis – a petite 21 year old from the North West of England with big Bob Dylan like curly hair – very distinguishable. Her sound was an acoustic rock/soul fusion. Karima won over the audience with a great cut back cover of the King of Leon classic ‘Use […]

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Sea Girls @ Mama Rouxs 11 October, 2018

We first met Sea Girls a handful of months ago when we caught their set at Barn on the Farm […]

Album Review – Tom Odell, Jubilee Road

Strikingly honest and soulful singer songwriter Tom Odell has made a career of combining heart wrenching lyrical content with intricately […]

The Coral + She Drew The Gun + Cut Glass Keys @ O2 Institute, 5 October 2018

Firstly, a disclaimer: I have already spoken to other people who attended this gig and they loved it.  They describe […]

Anna Calvi @ Town Hall, 4th October 2018

With three albums of atmospheric leftfield pop to her name, London’s Anna Calvi’s most recent effort ‘Hunter’ sees her up […]

Three Days Grace @ o2 Institute, 4 October 2018

“You guys are on fire tonight. You’re fucking loving it.” Adam Gontier is not wrong. It might be a Thursday […]

The Night Cafe @ o2 Institute, 30 September 2018

What exactly does teen spirit smell like? I would venture to claim that if Nirvana were still alive they would […]